Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a policy specialist to work on criminal justice reform and re-entry in Springfield as well as work for and against other legislative initiatives.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with the legislature in Springfield, experience working with coalitions and a deep commitment to social justice.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 37-year old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness - lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders within the homeless population to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality.
Researches and develops policy proposals
Regularly attends legislative session days in Springfield to advocate for policy initiatives
Staffs CCH program committees and helps shape and direct committee initiatives.
Supervises policy interns
Does research and produces written materials necessary to develop and implement campaigns.
Represents CCH in coalitions related to criminal justice reform
Develops campaign strategies with organizers
Works with organizing staff, develops organizing skills as they relate to policy work
We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong project management skills
Demonstrated ability to analyze material, think strategically, and get work done in the face of obstacles
A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience working with coalitions and community organizers
Commitment to social justice and advancing racial equity
Must be willing to travel frequently
Prior experience in a legislative environment is a plus but not a requirement.
Additional Salary Information: Very competitive benefits package
CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois solely dedicated to advocating for and with people who experience homelessness. Staffed by community organizers, public policy specialists, and legal aid attorneys, our advocacy is done in partnership with the people who benefit by our work: Homeless students, unaccompanied youth, parents, ex-offenders, and low-wage workers work with CCH staff and community v...olunteers. Together, we advocate to develop affordable housing, preserve a shelter safety net, and protect access to public schools and school services, health care, fair wage jobs, and basic human rights and services. CCH creates opportunities where people who have coped with homelessness are shown that their voice matters.